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Dates: 1/1/2019 - 12/31/2019
City / State: Bowie, MD
Event Name: Allen Pond and Blacksox Park
Event Type: Year Round Walk
Event ID: 112075 2019/Y0390
Distance - Trail Ratings: 6/10 Km - 1A
Description: SP open M-Th 5am-8:30pm, F 4:30am-9:30pm, Sat 5:30am-9pm, Sun 5:30am-8:30pm. Walk on paved paths and sidewalks around ponds, through city parks, and past playgrounds. Bring your pet along. Bowie Town Center is pet friendly and they are allowed on the trail. Pets must be on a leash at all times. Please be kind to other guests and visitors and pick up after your pet. Note, however, that pets, except for Service animals are not permitted in the SP.
Amenities: Strollers: Easy | Wheelchairs: Easy | Pets: Yes | Restrooms: Yes
Special Programs: Bridges - Spanning the USA, Make a Wish at a Water Fountain, Points of Reference, Take a Walk In a City Park, Treasure Hunt - A way to walk our precious trails, Walk the USA - Street by Street, Walking the Path of Inventions
Start Times: varies -see description
Location: Starbucks Coffee
Start Point / Driving Directions: 3924 Town Center Wy, Bowie, MD 20716. I-95 (I-495/Washington Beltway), Exit 19A (Bowie)/US 50 E. Take US 50 6 miles to Exit 11 S (MD 197/Collington). Right at 3rd light to Town Center Wy.*** From east, take MD 3/301 N or S, exit at MD 197 N (Rip?s restaurant at intersection). Turn N on MD 197. Left at 3rd light to Town Center Way.***
***Left at 1st intersection at bottom of hill. Right to parking lot behind DuClaw Brewing Pub (restaurant is closed, but signs are still up). Walk through walkway to left of DuClaw, turn left at sidewalk.
Awards & Fees: A Award
Comments: This is a quiet walk on paved trails and sidewalks through a nice suburban community. It is rich in wildlife, including waterfowl and songbirds, and the occasional turtle. All walkers will pass the Bowie City Hall and Evergreen and Allen Ponds. The 10k trail also goes to Blacksox Park and past the National Capital Area Radio & Television Museum. Both trails finish back at the Bowie Town Center mall. There are dining opportunities in the mall to suit every pocketbook and taste. There are restrooms in Starbucks and the mall food court all year round and at several locations on the trail during the warm months. Both trails lie entirely within the City of Bowie and Prince George's County. Fee for IVV credit or non-IVV is $3.00. Children 12 and under walk for free (IVV credit included) courtesy of Freestate Happy Wanderers.
Allen Pond Park is the City?s premier 85-acre, multi-use park. It is home to the Bowie Ice Arena, the Robert V. Setera Amphitheater, and the Bowie Skate Park. It offers picnic facilities for rent. Fishing is allowed from the shore of Allen Pond, a 10-acre stocked pond. Persons 16 years of age and older must have a valid Maryland fishing license. The park is also home to Opportunity Park, offering 100% accessible activities in preschool and school-aged playgrounds.
Blacksox Park is a 64-acre park primarily designed for baseball and softball, but also contains playgrounds for all ages. The park offers restrooms, in season, as well as a concession stand available for rent. A paved walking trail connects the playground and ball fields to the City?s system of hiker/biker trails.
Located in a 1906 storekeeper?s house, the National Capital Radio and Television Museum explores broadcast history from the earliest days of wireless telegraph to the development of television. A fascinating collection of broadcast memorabilia includes depression-era cathedral radios, early televisions, ?French fry? transistors, crystal sets, and even sound effects equipment from Washington?s legendary Walker and Scott radio program. Hours are of operation are: Fri, 9am-4pm, Sat and Sun, 12noon-4pm. Admission is free.
Host Club: Freestate Happy Wanderers
Contact: Mike Quinlan (301) 661-3826
Website: www.mdvolks.org/freestate/
E-Mail Contact: mikemq41@gmail.com